Colorado is one of the world's most popular ski resorts, practically unrivalled in America, it is home to the notoriously glamorous and loved Aspen. Yet over the summer this market diminishes due to the poor snow conditions.
In some respect Colorado becomes barren of tourists, and it doesn't seem the locals seem to mind, visitors bring in enough money over the peak season to ensure their presence is not missed over the summer. Though many tourists, and some that rely on the tourist trade will be pleased to hear that many resorts are due to open early this year.
Most years this would be premature and is a very rare occurrence, yet recent weather conditions have made early opening viable for many of the slopes in the area. A recent and unexpected snow storm has sufficiently powdered the mountains here, providing great ski and snowboarding conditions, and this is hoped to bring many visitors who will be keen to part with their money.
The businesses here are hoping that the season will soon pick up, in spite of the tough financial conditions, ski and snow activities have always been a stalwart in American recreation. Over the last two years hotel bookings have taken a plummet as more slender means have lead holiday makers to stay closer to home or opt for more modest holidays. Yet there has been a silver lining to those selling their houses in the region as these properties have become sought after as investment properties as holiday homes.
Colorado rentals are becoming among the most coveted in the country. Austerity often leads to delayed self luxuriating, with many that have opted for deprived holidays the previous year opting to return to a favoured spot and it is hoped by many the ski resorts that this will be the case here.
The resorts have accordingly spent the funds they can spare on improving their product, therefore we see an increase in the quality of the facilities, new ski lifts for instance make ascending the mountain a much less arduous experience. The industry is also hoping to get a hand from Mother Nature herself. So far so good in this respect, Mother Nature has already been ample in her blanketing of the slopes with thick powder, which will be to the delight of any committed skier or snowboarder.
Furthermore a predicted La Nina could bring even more snow to the mountains offering some of the best ski conditions in America.
Aspen has long since been the most notorious ski setting in the state, yet it is not limited to that resort. While Aspen brings in many of the glamorous with its fancy cocktail bars and notorious high prices, there are also a number of slopes and mountains offering Colorado snow, but for a much less steep price.
For instance try Snow Mass, it may not be as quickly beautiful as Aspen, but it nonetheless contains some great ski spots. Throughout America there are a great number of ski resort, with Mt Baker popular among those in the know, and Lake Tahoe for those in search of great views.